Sunday morning came early (darn daylight savings time!), but there were some fired-up women at Caesars Palace. I got to the Bunco Pavillion to hear the roar of at least two thousand people gathered to hear who would fill the wild card seats for the semi-final round. The excitement was contagious – how could it not be when $50,000 was at stake?! These women were a lot cooler than I would have been. The semi finals determined who would play in the finals, and the finals determined 3 of the 4 players for the Championship round. The fourth player would be drawn at random.
Naomi was on hand for the final rounds, and she was great – funny, friendly, and sassy – even asking the lone male semi-finalist to turn around so the women could hoot & holler at him. The Championship would be determined by who was the first to roll 3 ones -which happened to be the Prilosec OTC logo 🙂 , and she would win $50,000, and be crowned by Rocky. I cannot even imagine what was going thru their minds – I was thinking of the cool new bag I would buy out of the Forum Shops if it was me 😉 !
What seemed like an eternity only took minutes – we had a winner! Kristina Thysell of Tuscon AZ was the 2008 Prilosec OTC World Champion! She took away $50,000, the title of Queen of Bunco, and a once-in-a-lifetime memory – I walked away from the championship having met some amazing people, learned a lot about heartburn & breast cancer , made a few new friends, plans to attend next year, and a desire to start a local bunco group! I also took with me the stories of the people who were there, who lost loved ones to breast cancer, and who suffered themselves. I was honored and thrilled to be asked to participate and share this event with my fellow chickies – who’s going with me next year???
I can’t end this post without thanking the people who made it all happen – the Prilosec OTC team from Proctor & Gamble, the awesome girls from MS&L PR, and the amazing team from Jack Morton Worldwide that organized the event. It was an absolute pleasure to meet and work with all of you.